The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) invites all the faithful to participate in activities of prayer, reflection and action to promote religious freedom in the week of June 22-29, 2022.
The US bishops have specially prepared for that week a series of resources on various topics, including: “Walking with moms in need”, “Vandalism in the Church”, “Adoption and foster care”, “Taxpayer financing for abortion” , “Religious freedom in China”, “Reception centers for pregnant women”, “Health workers” and “Freedom of expression”.
This year’s theme is “Life and Dignity for All”, because according to the bishops, the “Catholic Church plays a crucial role in bearing witness to the gospel of life and serving all who will be affected” by the debates on the abortion in the country. Especially as the Supreme Court decision in the court case draws near. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization”, which could end legal abortion.
In addition, the USCCB Committee for Religious Freedom has collaborated with the Office of International Peace and Justice to raise awareness of religious freedom in China and in solidarity with people around the world who are suffering for their faith.
Nationally, one area of concern remains the freedom of Catholic institutions, such as schools, hospitals, and child welfare providers, to carry out their missions with integrity.
“In particular, the protection of Catholic adoption will be even more vital, as we take new steps in building a culture of life and dignity for all in the United States,” the USCCB said in a statement.
The bishops recalled that “in order to build a culture of life and dignity for all, the Church must support women and children”.
In 2020, the USCCB Pro-Life Activities Committee launched Walking with Moms in Need, an initiative for parishes to be places where pregnant women and mothers can find support and accompaniment.
“Through prayer, education, and public action during Religious Freedom Week, the USCCB continues to advocate for the essential right of religious freedom for Catholics and those of all faiths,” the USCCB said.
To access Catholic resources prepared by the USCCB, go HERE.
For more information on activities in defense of religious freedom in the United States, go HERE.